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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 5.4% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 -0.1
Omaha 2.9% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 24,890. There are now 10,549 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,941 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,400. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 14,341 +416 -62

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 14,341
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 13,925
August
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.9% 14,001
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.9% 14,096
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.9% 14,043
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.0% 14,293
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 14,283
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.8% 13,395
February
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.7% 12,941
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.8% 13,150
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.0% 14,358

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.